Police call on public to assist investigation into woman jumping from moving vehicle

By Harata Brown

Police are appealing to members of the public to assist in their investigation regarding an incident which led to a woman jumping from a moving vehicle in Papatoetoe last night.

The woman was restrained and gagged when she was located after jumping from the vehicle at the intersection of Huia and East Tamaki Roads.

Police say the woman of Asian descent is also of a small build and aged between 35 and 55 years old.

The victim also has two tattoos, one of a dolphin on her left shoulder and another of an angel on the inside of her left ankle.

Counties Manukau Crime Manager Detective Inspector Dave Lynch says, "Obviously, we are going to need to tred quite carefully in relation to possibly approaching potential next of kin, but we are looking for people that will recognise that person and their description to come forward to speak to us today.  

The investigation team has worked through the night to examine the scene. Police have also spoken to a number of witnesses.

"We will be reviewing camera footage today to see whether or not that can assist the investigation, but we do only have a limited description of the vehicle silver vehicle with a spoiler on it." 

The victim is at Middlemore Hospital where she remains in a critical and life threatening condition. 

“We want to assure the public we are doing everything we can to locate the person or persons involved in this crime. However, we still need members of the public who saw anything they think may be relevant to contact us.”